If there’s one thing Amazon Prime Video have proven they can do well, it’s produce a violent and bloody series about superheroes – bordering on the uncomfortable – breaking the mould of all the polished, idealistic, and family-friendly Marvel joints that dominate the modern culture. Currently, The Boys is fast-becoming its own independent screen universe with a confirmed spin-off series, aftershow, etc. And on the animated front, it’ll soon be joined by Invincible, co-created by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and starring Steven Yuen (also The Walking Dead), which has just dropped a very promising first trailer.
Based on the cult hit Skybound/Image comic of the same name developed by Kirman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley, Invincible follows 17-year-old Mark Grayson (portrayed by Steven Yuen), who is the son of the world’s most powerful superhero, Omni-Man (portrayed by JK Simmons). Inheriting his father’s abilities – super strength, flight, invulnerability, etc. – on face value, it appears to be another vanilla coming-of-age tale with a flavour-of-the-month hook. That is… until the plot twist is revealed.
Without spoiling what’s ahead – and I personally urge you not to investigate any further online – as hinted in the trailer, Mark discovers daddy dearest’s legacy isn’t all that it seems. As you’ll discover, this isn’t a series about clean-cut cape crusading, championing justice and afterschool morality, nor anything audiences have come to expect from a superhero outside of Amazon’s catalgoue. In terms of the character scale, Omni-Man certainly leans more towards the Homelander end of the spectrum as opposed to Clark Kent / Superman.
More exciting than the story concept is, of course, the stacked cast. In addition to Yuen and Simmons, here’s a run of some familiar names you can expect a vocal appearance from:
- Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy, Killing Eve)
- Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, This is the End)
- Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love)
- Andrew Rannells (Black Monday, Girls)
- Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Joker)
- Mark Hamill (Star Wars)
- Walton Goggins (Justified)
- Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Big Mouth)
- Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek)
- Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Green Book),
- Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver)
- Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Justice League)
- Djimon Honsou (Blood Diamond, Captain Marvel)
- Jonathon Groff (Mindhunter, Looking)
- Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty)
- Melise (The Flash)
- Kevin Michael Richardson (The Simpsons, Family Guy)
- Grey Griffin (Avengers Assemble)
- Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead, Avengers: Infinity War + Endgame)
- Khary Payton (The Walking Dead)
The first three hour-long episodes of Invincible season 1 will premiere via Amazon Prime Video on March 26th with new episodes releasing every Friday thereafter (season finale scheduled for April 30th) – watch the first trailer above.